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Seventeen-year-old Missy Franklin won the first Olympic medal of her career on
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dual citizen of the United States and Canada, swam the opening leg for the U.S.
in 53.52 seconds—the fastest of the race. Australia won the event in an
Olympic-record 3:33.15 while the Netherlands finished second with a time of
3:33.79. The United States posted a 3:34.24 total time, for third. Franklin was
marked out as an up-and-comer after she picked up five medals in her first trip
to the FINA World Championships in 2011—a performance that led teammate
Michael Phelps to dub her “a stud.”  She is expected to compete in seven events
at these Games. She would be the first American female swimmer in history to
accomplish the feat. On Thursday, Franklin dedicated all of her Olympic races to
her home state of Colorado. She said she was affected by the earlier
movie-theatre shootings in Aurora, the town where she attends high school. With
the American finish, three-time Olympian Natalie Coughlin also hit a historic
mark, earning the 12th Olympic medal of her career. The count puts her level
with Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres as the all-time most-decorated female
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Qatar Masters in 2003.PITTSFORD, N.Y. —The time for talking is over as far as
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is concerned. With training camp set to
open in suburban Rochester on Thursday, Jackson said its time the Bills start
showing theyre capable of playing to the high expectations that followed a
productive off-season. “You want to be respected, but at the same time, its just
talk until we get out there on the football field,” Jackson said Wednesday after
the team held a voluntary conditioning session. “So weve got to go out there and
make it worth it.” For a team that hasnt made the playoffs in 12 seasons, theres
a big buzz of belief that these Bills could be in store for a breakthrough. It
began with Buffalo re-signing receiver Stevie Johnson in early March, and was
followed by the even bigger splash that came with signing defensive end
Mario Williams three days into free agency. The addition of a pass-rushing
specialist such as Williams—at a whopping $100 million price tag—was part
of a major overhaul of a defence that ranked among the NFLs worst last year. On
offence, the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led unit returns mostly intact after showing
flashes of production last year. Despite a late-season swoon, the unit still
produced 5,624 yards, Buffalos most since 1992, and finished 14th in the NFL in
yards, the best ranking since Drew Bledsoes first season in 2002. Add it up, and
that makes the start of camp this year as one of the most highly anticipated in
Buffalo since Bledsoes arrival in 2002. Though they failed to make the playoffs
during Bledsoes three-year tenure, the Bills did enjoy a 9-7 finish in 2004—
the last time Buffalo had a winning season. “We have work to do, and we are all
optimistic and excited to be here,” veteran defensive end Chris Kelsay said. “If
we can stay healthy with the guys we have, we will be making a push and we will
be contending.” Even general manager Buddy Nix isnt couching his expectations.
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off a 6-10 season in which injuries and inexperience led to the team losing
eight of its last nine games. That was a switch from Nix and head coach Chan
Gaileys first year together in 2010, when the Bills lost their first eight en
route to a 4-12 finish. Now, Gailey would like to see his team put it together
for an entire season. “The majority of our team has been through a fast start
and a slow start, so I think we are mentally capable of handling whichever
happens,” Gailey said. Theres cause for optimism because the Bills believe
theyve significantly addressed their needs on defence while also adding
experienced depth at most positions. That should lead to several intriguing
competitions for roster spots at several positions. At receiver, the competition
for the No. 2 job opposite Stevie Johnson is expected to involve Donald Jones,
Marcus Easley and rookie third-round pick T.J. Graham. At left tackle, rookie
second-round pick Cordy Glenn and second-year player Chris Hairston will vie to
replace free-agent loss Demetress Bell. And the Bills have a logjam at defensive
tackle, leaving third-year players Torrell Troup and Alex Carrington competing
for one of the last backup jobs. Though Fitzpatrick returns as the starting
quarterback, theres a battle for the No. 2 job between free-agent addition
Vince Young and returning backup Tyler Thigpen. Nix hasnt ruled out the
possibility of adding a safety to improve the teams depth at that position. The
Bills are also healthy. Jackson, centre Eric Wood, linebacker Shawne Merriman,
defensive tackle Kyle Williams and cornerback Terrence McGee have all been
cleared for practice after overcoming season-ending injuries last year. “I think
our mindset is where it needs to be,” Gailey said. “But you can have mindset,
you can have attitude changes, you can have culture changes, but until you do it
on the field on Sundays it doesnt count.” ’ ’ ’ 

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